Kingston HyperX PnP series
- — 07 September, 2011 22:00
|Name||Laptop memory upgrade kit: Kingston HyperX PnP series|
|At a glance:||2 x 4GB sticks,DDR3, 1866MHz rated speed,Also available in 2x2GB kit|
|Summary:||8GB of fast memory looks good on paper, but it’s an expensive upgrade with small benefits unless your notebook is really RAM-starved.|
Eight seems to be the magic number when it comes to RAM these days, and even notebook users can easily achieve this with the likes of Kingston’s 8GB DDR3-1866 SO-DIMM memory kit from their HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) series.
Unless specified otherwise, the RAM in your notebook is likely to be DDR3-1333, and if you have either 2GB or 4GB preinstalled, it’s also likely to be a single memory stick running in a single data channel. Hence, the benefits of a kit like the HyperX are multiple – you get more memory which runs faster and has twice the bandwidth for transferring data to and from the rest of your system.
Personally I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to RAM – I think adding large amounts of memory into a system is more of a marketing ploy by vendors than a genuine attempt at improving performance – so I put this RAM to the test to see what difference it could make, if any, over a standard 4GB single-channel DDR-1333 stick.
The test notebook packed an Intel Core i7-2617M processor and a Nvidia GT 540M graphics chipset. Our standard test suite of Cinebench R11, 7-Zip and 3DMark11 were used as well as the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Retouch Artists speed test.
The 8GB of HyperX PnP averaged less than 5% better performance in our tests than the slower memory with half the capacity and half the bandwidth. Perhaps our tests just aren’t RAM-dependant enough, but it certainly shows that adding more and faster RAM does not instantly mean better performance all-round.
At around twice the price of generic 8GB DDR3-1333 kits, and quadruple the price of single 4GB DDR3-1333 sticks, the 8GB HyperX PnP kit is a hard sell, unless you’re using a very specific application which demands fast RAM, and lots of it.